To ensure that the full range of services were reviewed and considered for inclusion, IDS worked with regional partners to conduct scoping exercises in their respective regions. A steering group of partners and other experts produced a common set of criteria for inclusion of platforms to the tool. This included:
- hosts material from more than one institution or source (distinct from a institutional website)
- online focus (the majority of the content is accessible through the website)
- dedicated webmaster/manager who can be accessed.
The selected platforms were then categorised according to their intended audience, thematic and geographical focus, content and technical specifications.